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Dr. Kenneth R. Hansen, O.D.

Founder of Ankeny Family Vision Center

Dr. Ken Hansen birthed a dream in 1976 and his dream became a reality in October 1977 as Ankeny Family Vision Center.  The "family" part meaning all who enter our doors would become a member of our family.  Now 39 years later, 2 and 3 generations of those first "family" members are still with him!

Dr. Hansen wanted to live a life of purpose - and saw Ankeny Family Vision Center as his ministry - his calling from the Lord.  He has served and met the needs of this great community well; from his involvement early on in Rotary to now being on the Board of Directors of Faith Baptist Bible College.  His heart is, and always will be, the people of Ankeny.

Dr. Hansen graduated from the University of Houston with his Doctor of Optometry in 1974. He served in the military for 17 years as both a Naval officer and the optometrist for the Iowa Army National Guard. 

He specializes in fitting hard-to-fit contact lenses, as well as providing individualized, comprehensive, and preventative eye health exams, co-managing surgery patients, and seeing patients with primary care needs.

January 2, 2017 Dr. Hansen stepped down as owner of Ankeny Family Vision Center.  He is not retiring; he loves what he does.  He will continue to see patients his normal working days.  He feels it is time to allow Dr. Pietig to stretch her wings and continue his legacy of ministry to all of you!

Dr. Hansen and his wife, Marcia, will continue to be a vital part of Ankeny Family Vision Center through their support and encouragement!


Drs Todd and Mandy Pietig

Owners of Ankeny Family Vision Center 

More details to come!

Dr. Mandy Mataya Pietig, O.D.

Owner of Ankeny Family Vision Center Optometrist

Dr. Mandy Pietig is the owner of Ankeny Family Vision Center as of January 2, 2017.  Dr. Pietig has worked with Dr. Hansen since 2009 and shown herself capable of taking this office to new heights.  She is young, energetic, and business-minded.  She has a vision for the practice and is looking forward to continuing the legacy that Dr. Hansen has planted and nurtured the last 39 years.

Dr. Pietig is a native of Madrid and received her Doctor of Optometry in 2007 from the Illinois College of Optometry.  She is an outstanding optometrist and treats each patient with individualized and comprehensive eye health care.

Dr. Pietig is involved in the diagnosis and treatment of all patients and specializes in working with those patients experiencing dry eyes, diabetes, high blood pressure and glaucoma as well as many childhood conditions, such as lazy eye and amblyopia.  She also takes a special interest in unique and difficult-to-fit contact lenses.

Dr. Pietig also enjoys seeing pediatric patients starting at 6 months of age through our InfantSEE Program.  Many eye conditions do not show symptoms that can be identified by a parent or well-baby check.  Vision development and eye health problems are easier to correct if treatment begins early.

Dr. Pietig is married to Dr. Todd Pietig, an optometrist, and they reside in Ankeny. Three boys take up their time out of the office.




 Dr. Tilena Waters, O.D.


Raised in Marion, Iowa, Dr. Tilena Waters received her Doctor of Optometry in 2006 from the Illinois College of Optometry.  She completed a residency in Pediatrics and Primary Care at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in 2007.  Dr. Waters's passion for optometry led her to further post-doctorate education.  She received a Fellowship in the prestigious American Academy of Optometry in 2010. 

Dr. Waters joined Ankeny Family Vision Center in February 2017.  Her extensive education allows her to diagnose and treat patients of all ages.  In addition to providing comprehensive and preventative eye care, Dr. Waters treats patients with conditions such as dry eye syndrome, glaucoma, and diabetes.  She is specialized in treating childhood vision dysfunctions such as amblyopia, binocular vision dysfunctions, and visual information processing disorders. 

Outside of the office, she and her husband, Dan, enjoy traveling, spending time with family, gardening, photography, and going on walks with their dog, Sofi.

 staff Crystal


Director of Operations, Office Manager



Barbara, A.B.O.C., N.C.L.E.C.

Certified Optician, Certified Contact Lens Technician

Barbara has been a part of AFVC for over 7 years.  She received her training in Opticianry in Minnesota and Colorado. 

Her knowledge and experience in eye care allows her the ability to help you with frame styling, custom fitting of eyewear, making adjustments as needed, filling prescription eyewear, and educating patients on the latest in digital lens design and coatings.

Barbara also assists our doctors with diagnostic testing and trains in the use and care of contact lenses. 

Barbara enjoys spending time with her husband, Tom, boating, fishing, and spending time with Bailey, their English Pointer.

You may email Barbara at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or leave her a voice message at extension 2026.



Front Desk Coordinator

Erin joined AFVC in January of 2013.  She serves as front desk coordinator.

Erin graduated from AIB College of Business in Des Moines.  She was born and raised in Denison, Iowa, and moved to Ankeny in 2006 with her family.  She and her husband, Shawn, have two daughters, Morgan and Aubrey.

Erin enjoys spending her free time with her family and reading.

You may email Erin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave her a voice message at extension 2028.




Davina joined our team in April of 2016.  She serves as one of our opticians.

Davina graduated from the University of Phoenix with her bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration in 2011.  She was born and raised on a small farm in SW Missouri and moved to Iowa in 1997 and then to the Granger area in 2013.  

She enjoys a blended family of 5 children ranging in ages from 3-17 years and 3 kitties (Jinx, Vivian, and Orange Kitty).

Davina enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and anything outdoors, especially gardening.

You may email Davina at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave her a voice message at extension 2010.




Raised in Saylorville and now an Ankeny resident, Elizabeth is proud to be assisting patients at “Ankeny’s Best” optometry clinic.  She joined our team in January 2017 as an optometric technician, and she looks forward to advancing her knowledge in her career.  She has a goal to become a Certified Paraoptometric by the American Optometric Association in the future. 

Elizabeth graduated from Saydel High School and attended college at DMACC Ankeny Campus.  Her 6 year old daughter, Cali, keeps her busy outside of the office.  They enjoy being outdoors, spending time with family, shopping, and new adventures together.

You may email Elizabeth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave her a voice message at extension 2011.

 Staff Abbey



 Staff Bethany


Billing Systems Manager

 Staff Grace


Technician, Business Office

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